Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A write-up on a good leadership as flashed on the f.b. on March 6,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

We often hear of dearth of good leaders and leadership. Let us have a glimpse on it! The good leaders are made not born. If one has the desire and willpower, he/she can become an effective leader.One must remember that good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study; education, training, and experience.
( Photo of Mahatma Gandhi)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :
There are two diametrically opposite views about the qualities of good leadership. One view is:’ a leader is born with inborn qualities of leadership’ and the other is ‘a leader is born out of an ordinary man’ In other words, an ordinary hu...man being grows and gets molded into a leader. The latter view is more plausible, because, though a child may inherit some of the leadership qualities of his parents through genes, the background in which the child is brought up and other interpersonal, social and economic factors actually mould him into a leader. Therefore a man develops his leadership qualities by virtue of his education, his family background and due to various social, political and economic factors that he is exposed to in his daily life. The basis of good leadership is what they are, what they know & what they do .What makes a person want to follow a leader? People want to be guided by those they respect and who have a clear sense of direction. To gain respect, they must be ethical. A sense of direction is achieved by conveying a strong vision of the future .There is some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Seven Personal Qualities are must in a Good Leader: (1)A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads. (2)A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. (3)A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.(4)A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.(5) A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it. (6)A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas. These personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of these characteristics can also be developed and strengthened. A good leader whether they naturally possess these qualities Good leaders are more concerned about others and always remain unselfish. They never think about their own welfare or well being but fight for the causes and well being of others who need them most. Mahatma Gandhi was the classic example who never thought of his own well being and always strived hard to achieve freedom for India. He did not hold any post when India became independent and remained selfless to the nation as whole. Nelson Mandela is another exemplary leader whose selfless service to the cause of African National Congress is not only praiseworthy but commendable. The unselfish good leaders remain simple, humble and unassuming. They even hate luxurious or ostentatious way of living. They set an example for others by their way of living. Mahatma Gandhi remained a half naked fakir just because a common man in a remote village did not have a shirt to wear and paint to put on.His food was also very simple who remained a teetotaler all throughout his life .Endowed with a number of fine qualities, through their exemplary behavior, good leaders set an example for others, remain a driving force; inspire their followers towards a specific goal and lead them for a safe journey, whether it be an organization or a political or religious movement. We should follow such leaders and even try to emulate them. That is the only way of thanking and paying tribute to such great leaders.

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 March 6,2011

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